Artist-Approved 45th Anniversary Edition Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio & Pressed on 180g 45RPM 2LP
Originally issued in 1973, Murray Head's Nigel Lived is a groundbreaking classic and one of the boldest, most daring and inventive albums of all time. In the Spring of 1972 Murray Head was just 25, coming off amazing success on the stage and screen, when he recorded his debut. And Nigel Lived isn't just any album, it's an ambitious, experimental album full of great songs that required stunningly diverse recording techniques and instrumentation on every track. Recorded by the great recording engineer Phill Brown, Nigel Lived is from the golden era of all-analog recording, a sonic and musical masterpiece that every music lover and audiophile simply must have.
There are beautiful acoustic works that draw a straight line to Murray's later albums like "Ruthie" and "When You Wake Up In The Morning," there are straight-up rockers and amazingly innovative tracks like "Religion" and the sprawling "Junk." The story arc unfolds as a three-act play in which Nigel leaves a small town for the big city, finds love and success before crashing into addiction and despair. The background locations, characters and scenes change sonically throughout as Nigel Lived was an adventurous and pioneering effort in blending studio recording with an incredible array of location recordings captured all over London's West End.
In the same way that films today operate on the "found footage" motif, Murray's ahead-of-its-time conceptual treatment for Nigel consisted of hand writing a "diary" for Nigel that was then "found" by Murray, who put Nigel's life to song. It's a brilliant narrative tool that allowed Murray to weave aspects of his own rich experiences in the whirlwind of late 60s London into the songs. Nigel Lived is driven by Murray's tremendous energy, and the songs are witty, intense, achingly beautiful and exceptionally well-recorded.
Nigel Lived was mastered directly from recording engineer Phill Brown's 1/4" 15-ips analog tapes from 1972. Phill was gracious enough to let Intervention and CoHEARent Audio's Kevin Gray cut directly from these beautiful-sounding tapes. As the master tapes can no longer be found in Sony's vaults in the US or the UK (Sony bought CBS and its assets), Phill's 1972 tapes are the de facto "original master tapes." The sound quality on these tapes is a revelation, with deep but tuneful bass, sweet highs, gorgeous vocals and very wide dynamics! Murray and the musicians put so many fascinating sounds and textures down, and the tapes are simply stunning!
Intervention early on made the decision that Nigel Lived's re-release had to be a double LP set at 45 RPM to preserve the magnificent sonics Murray, Phill and Co. put on tape and make the best-sounding Nigel possible. Nigel's original vinyl release was very challenging to cut with side 1 at over 22 minutes and side 2 at an amazing 27 minutes of run time. There's no doubt, especially on side 2, that levels had to be dropped, and the bass had to be filtered on the original LP. Their 45 RPM cuts required no compromises of any kind, so people today can hear Nigel Lived at its best on his 45th birthday!
• Artist approved 45th Anniversary Edition
• 100% AAA analog mastering
• Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
• Double 45-RPM LPs for extreme sound quality
• Dead quiet 180-gram vinyl pressed at RTI
• Old style gatefold jacket plus authentic 8-page book printed by Stoughton